Rules

2014 Suncoast Saltwater Shootout

Inshore / Offshore Rules & Regulations

Responsibilities / Rules Acceptance

All entrants and guests of the tournament are participating at their own risk.  In no way is Suncoast Saltwater Shootout, Marina Jacks, our sponsors, staff, Board of Directors, Officers, Volunteers or committees to be held liable for injuries or property damage or loss of life as a result of participation in this event. The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout expects the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship from its participants. It is the sole responsibility of the Captain, crew and anglers to read, understand and abide by the Tournament rules; including any and all special instructions and/or modifications announced during Captain’s meeting. At least one designated representative from each team must attend the captains meeting.

Eligibility

Anglers (recreational, charter, commercial and or professional) are eligible to participate. Any person convicted of any fishing violation(s) during the past five (5) years is not eligible. Any vessel that is operated in an unsafe and/or sportsmanship manner shall be immediately deemed ineligible to receive prizes.

Location

The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout will take place at Marina Jacks – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236 . Marina Jack Location by water – gps coordinates. N27 19.980 – W82 32.7888.

Dates and Deadlines

The 1st annual Suncoast Saltwater Shootout will be held September 17th-10th, 2014. Early entry deadline (reduced price) is September, 3 2013 by 5pm. Entries must be in hand and payment in full at either Andros Boatworks, Inc. 5697 Pinkney Avenue, Sarasota FL 34233 or at Marina Jack’s Dock Master office – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236. Entries received after September 3, 2013 will be subject to full rate fee. Entries will be accepted up to the start of the captains meeting.

Entry Fees

This paragraph covers the entry fees for the Inshore and Offshore division only. Fees and rules for the Suncoast Saltwater Shootout’s Billfish Division are not covered in this document. Fees are set separately for each division. When entry fee is paid prior to 5:00 PM, September 3, 2013 an early discount applies and the fees are as follows: Inshore Division $300.00, Offshore Division $500.00 and $100.00 per additional angler over the allowed number of angler per division. The fee for extra persons is the same price for both inshore and offshore. If entry fees are paid after 5:00 PM, September 3, 2013 the original fees are: Inshore Division $350.00, Offshore Division $550.00 and $125 per additional angler.

Teams and Crew

Each team is allowed to enter only one (1) boat and one (1) crew.  No more than six (6) crew members per vessel, including Captain and Mate.  No substitutions of crew members will be permitted after the closing of registration on the day of the event.  NOTE: Federal Maritime Law holds the captain of the vessel responsible for the actions of his boat, its wake and its crew. The Inshore Entry includes (2) anglers with entry fee and Offshore (4). Additional anglers can join teams for $100.00 per angler.

Registration

The number of entries may be limited, and registration may be closed based upon the number of entries without previous notice.  There will be an entry fee per boat entry per division.  An early entry discount is offered and must be paid prior to the September 3, 2013 at 5pm.  Any boat registering after that, providing space is available will be required to pay the applicable entry fee of its division.  Qualified entries will be accepted on a first-come, first­ serve basis.  All boats must meet federal and state safety regulations for their size. All boats will be assigned an “Official Tournament Number” which must be displayed in a prominent place on the vessel at all when checking in and throughout the weigh-in process. Teams can only enter one division per boat.

Captain’s Meeting – Friday September 13, 2013 – 4:00pm – Marina Jacks

A tournament briefing will be held for Captains and their crews at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Marina Jack, Sarasota Florida.  The purpose of this meeting is to review the rules and regulations and discuss any last minute tournament rule changes and questions.  A team member must register his team at this meeting.  Each team will receive a “captain’s bucket”.

Beginning & Ending Fishing Times

For Offshore and Inshore Divisions, fishing begins immediately following the close of the Captain’s Meeting Friday September 13, 2013. All Inshore boats must checked in at the committee boat inside the Marina Jack’s harbor by 4:00pm on Saturday September 14, 2013 and not earlier than 3pm. Early inshore boats will have to wait to check in and weigh until 3pm. Any inshore team that does not make it to the committee boat in Marina Jack’s harbor by 4pm will be disqualified and may not weigh their fish. All offshore boats must checked in at the committee boat inside the Marina Jack’s harbor by 5:00pm on Saturday September 14, 2013 and not earlier than 4pm. Early offshore boats will have to wait to check in and weigh until 4pm. Any offshore team that does not make it to the committee boat in Marina Jack’s harbor by 5pm will be disqualified and may not weigh their fish.

See also Weigh-In rules below for additional opportunity to weigh-in inshore fish Friday evening.

Communication / VHF Radio / Channel

The official tournament radio channel is 72 VHF. All official tournament information will be broadcast on this channel.  All boats must have a working VHF on board. Handhelds are acceptable. Your radio will have to be on to check in with committee boat and to weigh in.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather a decision will be made by the Tournament Committee as to whether to delay, postpone or cancel the tournament at the Captain’s Meeting, prior to the start time of the tournament. Pay-outs and awards may be adjusted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. All information will be given at the Captains meeting.

Fishing Areas

Offshore Division fishing teams may venture as desired. Inshore Division fishing teams are restricted to the west coast of Florida. If you are wade fishing, the boat must be anchored. The anchor must remain set until everyone is on board. All boats must report to weigh-in by water. Inshore boats may not drop any anglers off and then move to another location. The team boat may not move while anglers are in the water. If a boat breaks free from anchor while anglers are wading the captain must call tournament command once all anglers are in the boat.

Tackle Classification

All line classes may be fished during the event.  Fish must be caught by hook and line and on conventional rods and reels.  Spinning, casting and fly tackle are acceptable.  Deep trolling devices are acceptable.  Electric reels are prohibited.  For those who wish to have their fish qualify for IGFA World or State records, specific IGFA rules must be checked prior to June 1, 2013.

Permits and Licenses

Registered boats and anglers must comply with all Federal and Florida State Laws regarding fishing licenses, size limits, bag limits and any other applicable regulations. For information regarding Florida Saltwater Fishing Licenses refer to www.FloridaConservation.org or call 850-487-0554. For information regarding NMFS permits refer to www.NMFSpermits.com or call 888-872-8862. A citation or written warning of any local, state or federal regulation during the tournament will result in disqualification. All anglers must have a valid fishing license with them in the boat during fishing hours and at the weigh in. The Shootout reserves the right to check fishing licenses.

Bait

Only bait fish are allowed on any boat prior to the tournament start.  Delivery of bait to any boat will be prohibited after the start of the Captain’s Meeting. Bait may be purchased from a tackle shop or legitimate bait vendor.  However, the captain must purchase said bait at the vendors location.  At no time can bait be delivered to the captain/crew.

Weigh-in


All fish must be of legal size to weigh-in and must be brought to Marina Jack’s weigh dock by the boat on which they were caught, on Saturday, September 14, 2012.  The inshore weigh-in will take place between 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. Saturday September 14, 2014. All teams must enter the harbor at Marina Jack and give your team number to the committee boat to check in. Once you are checked in you must wait in the basin, in your boat with your full crew until called on CH 72 to weigh your fish. You will then pull directly up to the weigh dock to weigh in. Once you receive your weight slip please proceed to the open docks to the south where you can tie up and enjoy the dock party. The offshore division weigh-in will take place between 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. Saturday September 14, 2014. All teams must enter the harbor at Marina Jack and give your team number to the committee boat to check in. Once you are checked in you must wait in the basin, in your boat with your full crew until called on CH 72 to weigh your fish. You will then pull directly up to the weigh dock to weigh in. Once you receive your weight slip please proceed to the open docks to the south where you can tie up and enjoy the dock party.  ***** Inshore anglers can take advantage of an early weigh in for 1 (one) LIVE redfish Friday evening September 13, 2013 at Marina Jack’s between 8-8:30pm. All teams that wish to weigh a redfish Friday night must be checked in at Marina Jack’s basin (via CH 72 and verbal confirmation of visual by committee staff) no sooner than 8pm and no later than 8:30 pm. All teams weighing a fish Friday night must remain present until all fish from all teams are weighed-in before re-released to continue fishing.  All members of the crew must be present all times during each weigh in. All boats must be in the water to weigh-in fish and all fish must arrive by boat.  Weigh-ins will be conducted in the order in which the boats check in.  Each entry shall be permitted a maximum of six (6) fish to weigh-in in each division and they shall be placed on the dock by one (1) designated member of that boat’s crew.  The boat must be removed from the dock immediately after the weigh-in.  Free slips are provided at Marina Jack to competing boats only. These docks are directly south of the scale on the west side. If you raft to another boat you are responsible for damage so please use fenders. Final determination of species will be made by the Weigh-in Master and or the Tournament Committee.  The Tournament Committee and or Weigh-in Master reserve the right to disqualify, or disallow, any fish.

Scoring

The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout is heaviest fish tournament. We operate a certified scale and a seasoned weigh staff. Once a fish is entered, it may not be substituted for a larger fish that day. Inshore entrants will be allowed two trips to the scales one Friday night and one Saturday times described above. Inshore teams may not resume fishing after weigh in on Saturday. Offshore teams will be allowed one trip to the scale on Saturday only. All fish are weighed to the hundredth of a pound. Fish must be in edible condition, and not marred or mauled in any way. No fish should leave the boat until they are in line to be weighed. Boats may weigh two fish in each category. All fish to be weighed must be listed on the Weigh-In Form. Before leaving the scale area, the presenting angler must sign the Official Tournament Weigh-in form. The Weigh Master and the Tournament Official reserve the right to refuse to weigh any fish that does not meet the tournament requirements.

Wild Card Scoring

Must be legal to have in possession. No sharks will be entered into the tournament.  No grouper and snapper species are eligible in this division. Please use your best judgment and stewardship regarding your selection of Wildcard Fish.

PENALTIES: A one pound penalty will be assessed for any redfish that is dead or not successfully released. A two pound penalty will be assessed for two redfish that are dead or not successfully released.  Automatic disqualification for any fish not meeting the rules and regulations governing that specific fish.

Tie Breaker

In the event that two (2) teams tie with points, the following tie breaker will apply:

·  Single heaviest fish shall be awarded the Highest Place Award.

·  In the event the above is a tie, the first team to weigh-in shall be awarded the Highest Place Award.

Protest

All protests must be submitted to the Tournament Committee in writing with $500 cash prior to the weigh-in station closing.  The $500 cash will be refunded if protest is found to be legitimate by the Tournament Grievance Committee.  If the protest is found not to be legitimate, the $500 cash will not be refunded.  All teams and crew will be subjected to a polygraph test by a certified examiner selected by the Tournament Committee.  The Tournament Committee reserves the right to inspect boats and/or fish entered in the tournament at any time.

Rules Violation

The penalty for any violation of any of the rules is disqualification, with tournament fees not refundable.

Discarding Fish

The captain will be responsible for properly disposing of fish. The tournament committee encourages donation of all weighed fish, as they will be donated to a local charity to provide meals for the hungry. No dead fish will be tossed into the water at Marina Jack.

Awards


Cash awards will be presented on the Monday following the tournament, or at another time that is convenient for both parties.  A polygraph test may be used to determine a winner. Pay-outs and awards may be adjusted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.

Tax Liability

Winning teams are responsible for any income tax liability accrued by virtue of winning cash or prizes. All cash awards will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. You will be required to fill out a 1099 to pick up your check on Monday following the event.